Glasgow Irish FC v Red Star Baagrade 

Glasgow Irish FC v Red Star Baagrade Sunday 19th February, Sunday Central Division 2A

Scotstoun Stadium Rear
The Irish were at home this week against Red Star in a game they were expected to win under normal circumstances. What transpired on the day fell way below the standards previous performances had set. 

The game started at a very slow pace with both teams lacking composure in the final third. Danny Singh having the only shot of the first half from distance for the Irish. A lack of passion and drive was clear to see and it came as no surprise when Red Star went one up. 

A free kick from distance crashed off the GIFC crossbar and the Baagrade forward had an easy time of burying the rebound as the GIFC defence stood still. 0-1. 

A goal conceded which only served to highlight the poor form the Irish have been suffering of late. 

HT 0-1. 

The interval seen some harsh words exchanged between the Irish management and players. To their credit the team lifted the tempo in the second half and drew level on 49 mins when captain Martin Rice stepped up to send a wicked free kick beyond the Red Star keeper. Goal number 18 for the big striker this season. 1-1. 

This spurred the Irish into life with Munro and Singh coming to life in the middle of the park.

Irish then went ahead when left back Dan McManus charged up the wing beating 3 men to see his shot deflected into the path of midfielder Ross Marshall who sent a low finish home for a well deserved goal. Marshall getting his rewards for a very hard working performance. 2-1. 

The Irish then lost Martin Rice after an awkward fall seen the forward suffer ankle ligament damage. Kieran Nicol replaced him and joined Mark Paterson up top. 

Defensive frailties were then exposed again when a nothing ball into the box caught the Irish cold and a Red Star midfielder looped a header over keeper Griffin. A truly shocking goal to lose at any level. 2-2. 

Styles Owens, Jack Gordon and Tony Deveney replaced Munro, Marshall and Jack. 

Then came a moment of sheer brilliance from Styles Owens. 

The midfielder won a tackle on the edge of his own box before driving forward and delivering a cross field pass into the path of Mark Paterson who sent a superb finish high into the net. The lively striker with his 7th of the season. 3-2. 

This should have seen GIFC take all 3 points but yet again a ball into the box went unchallenged and allowed an unmarked Baagrade player the simplest of finishes inside the box. 3-3. 

A share of the points probably a fair result on the day. 

Man of the match for GIFC was Dan McManus followed by Stephen Cairns. 
GIFC: Griffin, Cairns, Mooney, Biggins, McManus, Marshall, Munro, Singh, Jack, Rice, Rodgers. 

Subs- Paterson, Deveney, Nicol, Gordon, Styles Owens. 

Gorbals United v Glasgow Irish FC

Gorbals United v Glasgow Irish FC 

Sunday 29th January 2017

Glasgow Green. 

Sunday Central Division 2A

GIFC were away from home in this weeks league match against a strong Gorbals United side after last weeks encouraging cup performance. 

The game started in anything but encouraging fashion when the Gorbals took the lead in 3 mins when midfielder Charles Baldrick sent a 35 yard volley beyond Irish keeper Harry Purves. 1-0. 

This snapped the Irish into life and they hit back on 6 mins when midfielder Mark Cleary broke through the Gorbals defence after a superb pass from younger brother Stephen to guide the ball home for his second goal  in a GIFC shirt. 1-1. 

Both teams were dishing out some unforgiving tackles and it was pleasing to see GIFC match the more physical opponents with no quarter given in any area of the park. 

HT 1-1. 

Mark Paterson and Josh Reilly made way for Ross Marshall and Connor Jack after a hard first half shift on both flanks and the change paid off on 48 mins when Marshall broke down the right and fired over for Connor Jack to glance a header past the Gorbals keeper. The cross from Marshall was perfect and the finish from Jack a real touch of class. 

1-2. 

Martin Rice was causing the Gorbals backline problems all day and should have been more selfish when laying the ball off to the impressive Shaun Munro who was caught offside after the two attackers broke clear of the home defence. 

The Irish got goal number 3 from the penalty spot after Shaun Munro was hauled to the ground inside the box by the Gorbals keeper. Penalty taker Connor Jack stepped up and fired home his 25th goal of the season. 1-3. 

Gerrard Hughes, Styles Owens and Richard McCabe replaced Martin Rice, Shaun Munro and Cameron Mooney before striker Stephen Cleary outpaced the home defence to nutmeg the Gorbals keeper with a wicked finish. The striker with a well earned goal after superb work rate on the day. 1-4. 

Gorbals scored a second after a poor clearance out of defence fell kindly to an oncoming midfielder. 2-4. 

Stephen Cairns then cleared off the goal line in the dying seconds after the Irish had went to sleep at the back. 

FT 2-4. 

A great result and steely performance from GIFC that puts them back to the top of the league although conceding some games in hand. 

Man of the match Mark Cleary followed by John Biggins. 

GIFC v Bardykes Rovers

Glasgow Irish FC v Bardykes RoversHealth Rewards Cup Round 2.

14:15 kick off at Scotstoun Sports Complex.

Sunday 22nd January 2017.

The Irish were in cup competition for the second week running against Bardykes Rovers who sit joint second in their division. GIFC were looking to gather back some lost pride having been on the end of an 8-1 hammering at the hands of Premier champions and current leaders Castlemilk Dynamo the previous week.

The Irish came out of the traps fast and deployed a high pressing game early doors. Strikers Gerry Hughes and Mark Paterson coming closest with early chances.

Top scorer Connor Jack broke the deadlock on 21 mins when he cut inside of the wing and curled a right foot shot into the far top corner. Another great goal from the youngster. 1-0.

Number two came from Mark Paterson when he bundled the ball home from a dangerous corner kick on 29 mins. 2-0.

Gerry Hughes hit the bar from a header and Tony Owens smashed a shot off the post while Shaun Munro and Cameron Mooney also came close to adding to the Irish lead.

Tony Owens then showed why he had warranted a starting slot when he bravely put his head where most wouldn’t put a foot in and won the Irish a penalty with 32 min on the clock. The midfielder causing Bardykes problems the whole first half. Connor Jack stepped up to send the keeper the wrong way to maintain his 100% penalty record. 3-0.

On 37 mins the game was over as a contest when Mark Paterson crashed a shot off the bar which John Biggins gathered on the rebound and sent a cool finish beyond the visiting keeper. 4-0.

HT 4-0.

The Irish started the second half with some changes. Josh Reilly replacing the excellent Tony Owens and Sean Belton replacing captain Stephen Cairns. Mark Cleary being handed the armband for the second half.

Goal number 5 arrived when Connor Jack latched onto a cross from the right and fired the ball home for his hat trick. 5-0.

Shaun Munro then got in on the scoring action with number 6. Some fast moving play down the left ended with the midfielder sweeping the ball home for his 8th of the season. A well deserved goal from the playmaker. 6-0.

Mark Paterson broke free down the right only to be hauled to the ground as he drew back to shoot. Connor Jack took the resulting penalty and got his fourth goal of the game and number 23 in 18 games when he chipped the penalty into the net. 7-0.

Richard McCabe, Ross Marshall and Stephen Cleary replaced Cameron Mooney, Mark Paterson and Gerrard Hughes and it was Stephen Cleary who rounded off the scoring when after a great turn in the box the striker lofted the ball over the keeper to add to his impressive goals tally. 8-0.

FT 8-0.

Man of the match today was Connor Jack closely followed by John Biggins.

All round the Irish were impressive and could have easily doubled the scoreline had they been more ruthless in front of goal. 

Red Star Baagrade v Glasgow Irish FC

Red Star Baagrade v Glasgow Irish FC 
Sunday 4th December, Milton of Glasgow. 

Division 2A 
The Irish were away on league duty this week against an in form Baagrade side hoping to get back to winning ways in the league. 

GIFC threatened from the outset and Martin Rice came closest hitting the bar from 25 yards with a stunning free kick. 

It was strike partner Stephen Cleary who gave Irish the lead however with a superb drive across the Baagrade keeper after being sent clear from the outstanding John Biggins. 0-1. 

GIFC hit number two when the prolific Connor Jack smashed a right foot free kick into the far corner of the net after Shaun Munro was brought down 22 yards from goal. 0-2. 

Red Star hit back with a superb set piece of their own. Young keeper Harry Purves beaten by a great effort from 25 yards. 1-2. 

The home side then drew level after some dreadful defending left a striker unmarked to drive home inside the area. 

HT 2-2. 

After some harsh words at half time amongst the squad the Irish went ahead again when left back Stuart Taylor cracked a left foot free kick high past the Red Star keeper from 30 yards. A superb goal from the defender. 2-3. 

GIFC were great to watch when playing the ball on the deck and equally robust against a very physical side. 

Number four was a great flowing move which seen Mark Cleary play a defence splitting pass for Martin Rice to keep his composure and place the ball into the corner. 2-4. 

Red Star never gave up and with 10 mins to go scored another after confusion in the Irish defence let their forward in. 3-4. 

The Irish put the game to bed when Martin Rice flicked the ball on for Mark Cleary to cap a great performance by nicking in front of the Baagrade keeper to lash the ball home. 3-5. 

FT 3-5. 

Man of the match today was John Biggins. Closely followed by Cameron Mooney and Mark Cleary. Mark Paterson and Josh Reilly impressed coming on in the second half. 

GIFC Team 1 v GIFC Team 2

Glasgow Irish Team 1 v Glasgow Irish Team 2
Friendly Match

Scotstoun Stadium Rear 4G
A free week from league duties gave the Irish a chance to give the entire squad a run out in what proved to be a highly entertaining game. Chairman Kenny Paterson had hand picked a team he thought could cause some problems for the one chosen by the GIFC management. 

This game also gave some game time to new recruits Grant Harold and Josh Reilly who both impressed on the day. 

Team 1 started the brighter of the two sides and almost took the lead when Kieran Nicol fired over from outside the box. 

Team 2 were dangerous going forward however and after some driving play from Munro in midfield they took the lead as he squared for Josh Reilly to pass the ball beyond Griffing into the net. 0-1. 

This fired Team 1 into action and Kieran Nicol equalised driving the ball past Barr from just inside the penalty area. 1-1. 

Mark Paterson then sent over a superb corner kick which found Martin Rice who sent the ball into the roof of he net with a powerful header. 2-1. 

Sean Belton drew things level when a poor clearance out of defence by Mulgrew fell to him 25 yards from goal. He sent a half volley into the top corner to punish such poor defending. A great goal. 2-2. 

HT 2-2. 

Team 1 went in front just after half time when a clearance from keeper Barr landed at the feet of Martin Rice 35 yards from goal. The big striker took the ball first time and sent the ball high into the net for a finish of real quality. 3-2. 

The game followed the same pattern as the first half when Ryan Owens showed great instinct to crash the ball home after clever play from Biggins and Munro in midfield. 3-3. 

The next goal went to Team 1 as Rice completed his hat trick. Mulgrew sent over an inviting cross and Rice rose above the Team 2 defence to smash a header across goal giving keeper Barr no chance. 4-3. 

Centre half Gerry Hughes then produced a goal of outstanding quality when after picking the ball up in his own half he strode forward, played a one-two with Kieran Nicol and kept a cool head to find the bottom corner. 5-3. 

This spurred Team 2 on though and they replied when Shaun Munro kept up his scoring run in recent games with a smart finish after a scramble in the penalty area. 5-4. 

The game was over as a contest though when Tony Owens collected the ball 25 yards from goal and dispatched a wonder strike past Barr into the top corner of the net. 6-4. 

Connor Jack pulled a goal back in the final minute for Team 2 with a composed finish. 6-5. 

FT 6-5. 

Man of the match Martin Rice closely followed by Grant Harold. 

Gartferry AFC v Glasgow Irish FC

Gartferry AFC v Glasgow Irish FCHealth Rewards Cup 

Sunday 20th November
The Irish were away from home against a team a division above them looking to put to an end a miserable run of form with 3 defeats leading up to this Health Rewards Cup match. 

Irish started the game well and should have been ahead early on but for some great goalkeeping from the Gartferry number one. 

A series of corners seen the home defence keep GIFC at bay. McManus, Rice and Biggins all going close with great efforts. 

At the opposite end GIFC keeper David Griffin pulled off 3 outstanding saves when we were left exposed after pushing forward in the opening exchanges. 

Griffin then provided the assist for the opener when his clearance ran through to striker Mark Paterson who showed great composure to finish in off the post. 0-1. 

The Irish midfield of John Biggins, Mark Cleary and Shaun Munro were creating plenty of opportunities to further the lead but for the keeper to deny Rice and Paterson with some great saves. 

Number two for GIFC came when from a deadly Ross Marshall corner, Cameron Mooney back heeled the ball across goal for Martin Rice to pounce and smash the ball home. The big striker with his 14th goal in 13 games. 0-2. 

Pressing so high up the park came at a cost for the Irish and they conceded when a ball across goal allowed the Gartferry striker to finally beat Griffin. 1-2. 

HT 1-2. 

GIFC started the second half well with Marshall and McManus tireless on the flanks. Goal number 3 came after Mark Cleary played Shaun Munro through and the youngster showed a cool head with a class finish. 1-3. 

Stephen Cleary and Connor Jack replaced Marshall and Paterson and this payed off when Jack scored his 16th goal of the season after good awareness from John Biggins allowed the striker to sweep the ball home with his right foot. 1-4. 

The game changed dramatically when striker Martin Rice was shown a straight red card after a petulant trip on a Gartferry defender. The referee deciding it was violent conduct. A truly laughable decision by the official to add to a collection in recent games. 

Gartferry used the extra man to their advantage and scored a similar goal to their first as the Irish defence was stretched. 2-4. 

Stephen Cairns, Gerry Hughes and Jack Gordon came on to shore up the game for GIFC and done well to see out the late pressure. 

A joint man of the match this week goes to the outstanding Shaun Munro and John Biggins. Closely followed by Mark Cleary and David Griffin. 

Crownpoint Utd v Glasgow Irish FC

Crownpoint Utd v Glasgow Irish FC
Sunday Central Division 2A

Sunday 13th November. 

GIFC were at Crownpoint on league duty this week trying to put an end to a run of back to back defeats in recent weeks. By then end of the afternoon we would have suffered our worst result so far and been given a lesson in finishing by the hosts. 

The game was a tight affair up until 35 mins when Crownpoint took the lead. A disputable penalty and some criminal defending all over the pitch would see Crownpoint take a 3-0 lead into the break. 

HT 3-0. 

The Irish tried to influence the game in midfield but were overran time and again by the hungrier team on the day. Conceding another 4 goals throughout the half without reply after some ruthless finishing from the impressive home team. 

FT 7-0. 

The Irish would do well to put things into perspective after today’s result. With the club only 5 months young there are many lessons to be learned from a beating such as this one. The management and committee have every faith in our players to get things back on track and can ensure hard work will be applied to recover from our darkest day so far. 

Everyone at the club would like to wish a speedy recovery to the Crownpoint midfielder who appeared to have suffered a dislocated elbow early in the game.